Baltimore is a funny place. It’s a city where 29 year old Nolan Reimold, who hasn’t played more than 87 games since 2011, is viewed as an up and coming power hitter, but 27 year old Jake Arrieta (3.52 ERA, .209 batting average against in his first six starts in 2012) is seen as a bust.
I get the frustration, Sunday’s loss was a tough one and I certainly understand the thoughts of my esteemed colleague Jabby Burns, I’m just not ready to give up on a guy who throws 95-97 MPH with movement.
The Orioles official demoted Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk after his disappointing that disappointing and, for now, right handed reliever Alex Burnett will replace Arrieta on the 25 man roster.
Buck Showalter told O’s reporters that Arrieta would still be with the Orioles if they didn’t need a long inning reliever after his short start and the doubleheader on Saturday. The Orioles skipper thinks Arrieta’s emotions are what affects his mechanics in those disastrous innings we’ve become used to watching.
“I can’t sit here and tell you that anything going on there physically is going to be a big difference,” Showalter said according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. “Most of us are looking at how we’re failing him,” he added according to MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko.
Buck on Jake: “Don’t act like he’s never pitched a good game in the big leagues. This guy’s been filthy sometimes.” #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 22, 2013
I have all the confidence in the world in Rick Peterson’s ability to work with Arrieta. Let’s hope some time on the farm can calm his nerves.